22 April 2018– The South African U17 Women’s National Team (Bantwana) will kick off Phase Two of their Road to Uruguay with a preparation camp that starts in Johannesburg on Sunday, 22 April 2018.
Phase One was qualification for the tournament – which has been achieved – Phase Two is the preparation for the competition and the third and last Phase is participating in the tournament.
Bantwana have qualified for the 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup that will take place in Uruguay from 13 November to 1 December.
South Africa qualified following wins over Botswana and Morocco.
This was their second ever entrance into the FIFA World Cup – the last time was in 2010 in Trinidad and Tobago, under head coach Solly Luvhengo.
Bantwana was last in action in February when they defeated Morocco in the second leg played in Sale, Morocco.
Head coach Simphiwe Dludlu has called up 24 players for the first preparation camp that kicks off on Sunday, 22 April in Johannesburg.
The former Banyana Banyana captain has kept the bulk of the squad that did duty in the qualifiers but has also called up new faces like Surprise Mphigalale (striker – HPC), Nkamogeleng Tshoke (midfielder – SAFA Johannesburg), Elzandre Maart (defender – Randburg FC), Jamie-Leigh Plaatjies (defender – Tuks) and Siphesihle Dlamini (goalkeeper – SAFA Johannesburg).
BANTWANA ROAD TO URUGUAY
- Have not lost a game in the qualifiers
- Received a bye in the preliminary round
- Faced neighbours Botswana in the first round in December 2017 – winnning 5-2 in the first leg, before wrapping it up two weeks later with a 6-4 victory (11-6 on aggregate)
- Early this year, hosted and defeated Morocco 5-1 at the Dobsonville Stadium – setting one foot in Uruguay
- Passage to the greatest football spectacle was confirmed when they beat Morocco 1-0 away
- Scored 17 goals in four matches, conceded 7
Only three countries will represent the African continent in Uruguay.
The other two nations are Ghana and Cameroon.
The 2018 FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup draw will be conducted on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at the FIFA Headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
SA U17 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM WCQ RESULTS:
Friday, 1 December 2017
Lobatse Sports Complex
Botswana 2 – 5 South Africa
Saturday, 16 December 2017
South Africa 6 – 4 Botswana
Sunday, 4 February 2018
South Africa 5 – 1 Morocco
Saturday, 17 February 2018
Stade Boubker Ammar
Morocco 0 – 1 South Africa
U17 WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM – PREPARATION CAMP
|2.||Leigh Brophy||University of Cape Town|
|3.||Mananki Makhoana||Shining Stars|
|4.||Siphesihle Dlamini||SAFA Johannesburg|
|5.||Yenzokuhle Ngubane||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|6.||Lonathemba Mhlongo||Durban Ladies|
|7.||Kaylin Jordan||HPC/SPURS FC|
|8.||Yolanda Nduli||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|9.||Fikile Magama||HEROES UNITED|
|10.||Elzandre Maart||SAFA Johannesburg|
|11.||Cynthia Makete||Rustenburg Ladies|
|12.||Oratile Mokwena||SUNDOWNS FC|
|13.||Zethembiso Vilakazi||LINDELANI FC|
|14.||Miche Minnies||SANTOS FC|
|16.||Karabo Dlamini||SUNDOWNS FC|
|17.||Thubelihle Shamase||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|19.||Siphumele Shamase||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|20.||Nkamogeleng Tshoke||SAFA Johannesburg|
|21.||Thambolinye Mzoneli||SUNFLOWER WFC|
|22.||Nicole Michael||University of Johannesburg|